KINGMAN — The course rating plus two strokes determine the target score for a Division I high school golfer trying to get into the postseason. Havasu’s Floyd Anderson found himself one-tenth of a stroke on the wrong side of the target, Wednesday.
Anderson finished the nine-hole round against Kingman and Kingman Lee Williams, at Valley Vista Golf Course, with a 37. But the course rating was a 34.4.
“Adding two strokes is a 36.4 and round down, Floyd had to shoot a 36 to get his fifth and final state qualifier,” said LHHS head coach Mike Washington. “If it had been a 34.5 rating, Floyd would be going to state.”
Anderson is not without additional chances though, as the Knights come home for a match against Yuma Kofa and San Luis, at the Courses at London Bridge Golf Club, today.
“It’s always nice to be back at home, but we haven’t had much experience with our home course this year. So we have to approach it like every other match,” Washington said.
Eric Neal was second for Havasu with a 40, followed by Anthony Hernandez with a 42, Ryder Abellera with a 43 and Nick Lawrence with a 45.
“Nick was actually even except on holes he went out-of-bounds,” Washington said. “We were battling 20- to 25-mile per hour winds and it would sometimes just push the ball out.”
It was the Knights’ first time on the course and Washington said, other than the wind, it played similar to Kingman’s other course, Cerbat Cliffs.
“The greens were exactly the same and overall soft conditions. But it’s shorter and more narrow than Cerbat, so it’s less forgiving. As Nick knows,” Washington said.
In team play, the Knights continued their nine-hole match win streak dating back to 2009, finishing with a score of 162. Kingman was second with a 192 and Lee Williams third with a 225.
“Lee Williams is going to be tough to compete against in a few years. They’re just freshmen now but their coach (Stephen Shuffler) has them on the right track,” Washington said.